Fatal North

Fatal North

Adventure and Survival Aboard USS Polaris, the First U.S. Expedition to the North Pole

Book - 2001
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Bruce Henderson comes the harrowing true story of USS Polaris: a voyage of discovery that became a fight forsurvival--and a search for the truth….It began as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for international glory after the Civil War--America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's death under suspicious circumstances, dissention between sailors and scientists, the ship's evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival on the polar ice--and two dramatic rescues by whaling ships. Ultimately, the expedition led to a nationwide scandal, charges of murder, an official investigation and a government cover-up.The mystery of the Captain's death remained unsolved for nearly 100 years. But when scientists opened Charles Hall's frozen grave in northern Greenland, and retrieved hair and fingernail samples, they reached a shocking conclusion.Now, telling the complete story for the first time, acclaimed researcher and bestselling writer Bruce Henderson--whose works have been praised as "compelling" ( Los Angeles Times Book Review) and "compulsively readable" (San Francisco Examiner)--has researched original transcripts of the Navy inquests, personal papers of Captain Hall, autopsy and forensic reports relating to the century-old crime, the ship's original log and personal journals kept by crewmen, hero-survivor George Tyson's diary and family papers to bring to life one of the most mysterious tragedies of American exploration.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New American Library : 2001
ISBN: 9780451409355
0451409353
Branch Call Number: 919.8 H383f
Characteristics: 306p illus

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